Wind power installed in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain region boosted personal income and employment in those areas in the past decade, according to a new study from researchers at three national laboratories and the Department of Agriculture. Specifically, wind increased the annual personal income of counties in the region on average by about $11,000 per megawatt and raised county-level employment by 0.5 job per megawatt between 2000 and 2008, according to the analysis. That translates to a median county-level increase of 0.2 percent in personal income and a 0.4 percent rise in employment.
A Chinese-owned company is suing President Obama over his decision to block construction of four small wind farms in Oregon. Ralls Corp., which is incorporated in the United States but owned by executives of Chinese heavy industrial firm Sany Group, filed the lawsuit yesterday, according to a copy of the suit released this afternoon. The company amended an earlier complaint against the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its chairman, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
MidAmerican Energy Co. has agreed to purchase from Terra-Gen Power LLC two wind projects that are still under construction about 120 miles north of Los Angeles. The two projects would generate 300 megawatts of peak electric capacity, enough to meet the demand of about 80,000 homes. They will be part of the larger Alta Wind Energy Center in Tehachapi, Calif.
resident Obama’s decision to block a Chinese-owned firm’s plan to build wind farms demonstrates growing tensions around the international competition to develop clean energy technology and joins a list of disputes between the United States and China that observers say could have lasting implications for the two countries’ relationship. The president last week blocked Ralls Corp., which is owned by two executives of a Chinese energy firm, from developing four wind farms in Oregon. The president cited unspecified “national security” threats in blocking the projects
President Obama today blocked construction of wind farms a Chinese-owned developer planned to build near a naval facility in Oregon, citing national security concerns. In his order mandating that Ralls Corp. abandon plans for four wind farms, Obama cited “credible evidence that leads me to believe” the company and its affiliates “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”
President Obama, in a rare move, blocked the acquisition by a Chinese-owned company of four wind farm projects next to a military base in Oregon. Obama cited in a presidential order issued Friday “credible evidence” that the company “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”
Google Inc. yesterday agreed to buy wind energy for its Oklahoma data center from the Canadian Hills wind power project. The Internet giant plans to pay a premium to purchase 48 megawatts of wind energy from Canadian Hills in addition to the electricity it already receives from local utility Grand River Dam Authority. The company has been working with the utility to get more renewable energy resources since last year, the company said in a statement.
New York state lawmakers, union leaders and operators of coal-burning power plants expressed opposition at a state Senate hearing yesterday to a proposal to ship Canadian hydropower into New York City through an underwater power line. Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Chairman George Maziarz (R) said the proposed $2.2 billion, 333-mile transmission line from the Canadian border to the city would punish aging power plants that are already struggling from weak demand and cheap natural gas.
A coalition of labor unions and environmental groups started a multistate tour today to urge key Republican lawmakers to renew a key wind tax credit, warning that scrapping it will kill thousands of jobs. “Congress must renew the production tax credit,” said David Foster, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance. “The lives of real Americans are being disrupted; jobs are at stake as well as future environmental performance.”
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin remains committed to an extension of the federal production tax credit for wind energy, joining several other Republican governors and lawmakers in the central United States and highlighting a split with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Fallin, speaking at the annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board in Oklahoma City, said she still supports a temporary extension of the production tax credit. The incentive, which expires, offers wind producers a 2.2 cent per kilowatt-hour tax credit.